Sport NFL planning to allow social justice decals on helmets
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The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names of victims of systemic racism and police violence.
The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. The initiative will be done leaguewide, with each team deciding who it will honor and how to display the names.
Lakers' Anthony Davis to wear own name on jersey
Like LeBron James, Anthony Davis has decided against wearing a social justice message on his Lakers jersey.Speaking to reporters Sunday in a conference call following the Lakers' practice at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex outside Orlando, Davis said he chose to use his name over one of the NBA's 29 approved social justice slogans to continue to honor his family.
Unlike the NBA, which is allowing players to wear slogans on their jerseys, the NFL will stick to names once a final agreement has been reached with the players' association. The program will continue for the entire season.
This initiative is something of a breakthrough because the league has not allowed such messaging, except for during its October NFL Crucial Catch program in conjunction with the fight against breast cancer, and in its November salutes to the military. Players also have been allowed to represent a cause on their cleats one weekend per season.
But a 17-week campaign such as the one being planned is something new for the NFL.
A list of names for use on the helmet decals is being put together by the league and the NFLPA. Players have been encouraged to provide those names.
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